It's great that you want to get your child involved, and we are always delighted to welcome new Ninjas to our community! Attending a coding club (Dojo) will give your child the opportunity to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, and games, and much more. They will also get to meet a bunch of new friends, grow confident in new areas, and learn valuable skills for the future. Digital technology has an ever-increasing role in how we live our lives, and early exposure to coding can encourage a more diverse group of young people to consider STEM careers.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from parents:
Does it cost anything for my child to attend a Dojo?
All Dojos are absolutely free to attend. Providing free volunteer-led learning opportunities is central to the CoderDojo movement, and no-one should ever have to pay anything to join or attend a Dojo.
What will my child learn in a Dojo?
Each Dojo operates as an autonomous, semi-independent club, and all have slightly varying structures and learning activities. Unlike a school, CoderDojo does not rely on a set curriculum, and Dojo sessions aim to be as fun, informal, and dynamic as possible.
Dojos are open to all levels of ability, so each session will have a mixture of beginner and more advanced Ninjas. Learning is mostly project-based, with Ninjas working on self-led projects with guidance from Mentors. There is also a strong emphasis on peer learning and sharing of knowledge.
At a Dojo, our beginner Ninjas tend to work on Scratch, while other more experienced Ninjas might work on Python or HTML/CSS. Learning materials are curated and organised into paths moving from beginner to advanced levels, with supplementary resources, suggested projects, and badges, which can be awarded to Ninjas as they progress through the path. Upon completion, the children will be awarded a digital badge that will be visible on their CoderDojo profile. This record of learning is particularly valuable for teens who are looking for work experience in the tech sector.
You can see an overview of Dojo resources here.
Do I need to stay for the duration of a Dojo?
If your child is under the age of 13, then you will need to stay with them for the duration of the Dojo.
What do we need to bring to a Dojo?
Please bring a laptop for your child to work on, a bottle of water, and an optional snack.
How can I as a parent get involved?
Parents can help in many ways, from helping to set up the room or running a tuck shop to managing administration or becoming a Mentor themselves. Some parents choose to help promote their local Dojo by designing and distributing flyers and other promotional material. Others may help to obtain donations of equipment, e.g. hardware and software. The most successful Dojos are the ones where everyone offers to help out.
Great! Where can I find a Dojo, and how do I sign up?
There are Dojos all over the world. To find your nearest Dojo, please visit zen.coderdojo.com to search our global database by typing in the area where you live, for example the name of your town or city.
Once you have found a local club that suits you, you can view their homepage to see details such as session times, the venue location, and other information. You can then contact the Dojo directly for information on attendance and registration.
Can I join the CoderDojo community online?
Yes! When you sign up to the CoderDojo platform Zen, you can view your child's learning journey and also access:
- Social media
- Community events
We love to see parents engaging in community discussions and providing fresh ideas and feedback to help shape and grow the CoderDojo movement.